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Wedding timetable and planner
    Careful planning and scheduling will enable you to relax and truly enjoy every moment of your wedding day. For a large, formal wedding, arragements should begin at least 6 to 12 months in advance to enable your suppliers to provide the best quality and service.

6 to 12
4 to 6 months 2 to 4 months 1 to 2 months 2 weeks 1 week
Decide Budget. Discuss
the sharing of
Order invitations, stationery, wedding programs Address wedding invitations and/or announcements Arrange for final gown fittings Double check attire and accessories for all members of the wedding party. Final consultations: caterer, florist, musicians, photographer, vidographer, limo.
Decide type of wedding (formal, semi-formal or informal) Finalize honeymoon plans (travel agency) Get form for submitting announcement to newspaper Attendants' final gown fittings Confirm time and date of rehearsal with members of the wedding party. Pick up wedding rings. Check engravings and sizings.
Choose location of ceremony Find a place to live Select attendants' gifts, bride's and groom's gifts to each other. Have formal wedding portrait taken Make reservations for bridesmaids' luncheons Give final count to reception facility and caterer
6 to 12
4 to 6 months 2 to 4 months 1 to 2 months 2 weeks 1 week
Select clergy or
Shop for home furnishings Set date with fiance to get marriage license. Make reservations for rehearsal dinner Review reception seating plans and make place cards if neccesary Host bridesmaids' luncheon.
Decide size of wedding party. Choose attendants Set appointment for physical exam and update immunizations Schedule fittings for bridal gown, make appointments for attendants' fittings. Make reservations for bridesmaids' luncheon Arrange to move your belongings to new home Finish packing for honeymoon.
Select gown, veil and accessories Order flowers Reserve rental items for ceremony and reception. Confirm honeymoon trip reservations. Get luggage ready, start packing. Arrange for name and address changes: accounts, credit cards, licenses, insurance. Relax and get plenty of rest. Your planning is complete.
6 to 12
4 to 6 months 2 to 4 months 1 to 2 months 2 weeks 1 week
Select attendants' gowns Shop for weddings bands, order engraving. Order cakes. Order reception decorations: balloons, candles, flowers, table favors Schedule apointments for personal care.  
Compile invitation list Apply for or renew passport if neccessary Mail invitations to arrive six weeks before wedding. Confirm honeymoon trip reservations. Check luggage Confirm transportation and arrival time for the wedding party.  
Select reception site. Plan details of reception. Arrange rate for block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Buy shoes for brids, attendants. arrange for dying if necessary. Submit wedding announcement and photo to newspaper.    
6 to 12
4 to 6 months 2 to 4 months 1 to 2 months 2 weeks 1 week
Select men's formal wear Try out new hairstyles you are considering   Send request for Presidential greeting to White House      
Select photographer          
Select videographer    

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Cape Fear Wedding
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Have engagement photos made      
Submit engagement announcement to newspaper.      
Select florist      
Select caterer      
Select bridal registry      
Select musicians for ceremony      
Select musicians for reception      
Discuss honeymoon plans      
Order personalized wedding favors      

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